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Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation

by Alexei Yurchak

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse. To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising....


Van Diemen's Land

by James Boyce

"The most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore. In re-imagining Australia's past, it invents a new future."-Richard Flanagan

Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen's...


Hitler & Mussolini: The Secret Meetings

by Santi Corvaja & Robert Miller

The only book of its kind, telling the story through the eyes of the participants.


The Northern Earldoms: Orkney and Caithness from AD 870 to 1470

by Barbara E. Crawford

The medieval earldoms of Orkney and Caithness were positioned between two worlds, the Norwegian and the Scottish. They were a maritime lordship divided, or united, by the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth....


Front-Line Kent

by Michael Foley

Kent has been on England's first line of defence. Many people in the county have lived closer to the enemy in Europe than they did to London. This book delves into the long history of military Kent, from Roman...


Veterans' Voices: Coventry's Unsung Heroes of the Second World War

by Caroline Freeman-Cuerden

Turning the focus away from the city itself, Caroline Freeman-Cuerden has listened to the memories of 23 veterans, just a few of the thousands of Coventry men and women who served and fought in World War II....


Aintree Days

by Alexander Tulloch

Presents an autobiographical account of Alexander Tulloch. This book recounts his life in Liverpool from 1945 to 1962, when he was growing up with his sister, parents and grandparents in a small terraced house...


Christmas in the Trenches

by Alan Wakefield

The outbreak of war in 1914 was greeted with euphoria by many in Europe, and it was widely believed that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas'. In the event, millions of men were destined to spend the first...


The Day Peace Broke Out: The VE-Day Experience

by Mike Brown

Mike Brown examines the milestone events that led to the nation's progressive change of heart from paranoia and defeatism in the early years of World War II, to the growing confidence that followed El Alamein...


The Will To Survive: Three and a Half Years as a Prisoner of the Japanese

by Arthur Godman

Taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Arthur Godman spent the next three and a half years on the Burma-Siam railway, living in camps along the River Kwai. Like other PoWs, he experienced disease...


Children of Bethnal Green

by Doris M Bailey

Bethnal Green is at the heart of London's East End, infamous as the stamping ground of gangland bosses the Kray Twins. In this book the world of Bethnal Green's back streets in the 1920s, 1930s and during the...


Irish Brigades Abroad: From the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars

by Stephen McGarry

Irish Brigades Abroad examines the complete history of the Irish regiments in France, Spain, Austria and beyond. Covering the period from King James II's reign of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and...


Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan

by Henry R. Nau

Debates about U.S. foreign policy have revolved around three main traditions--liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. In this book, distinguished political scientist Henry Nau delves deeply into...


Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya

by Annick Cojean & Marjolijn De Jager

Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, “the Guide,” on a visit he was making to her school...


Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America

by Martin J. Smith & Patrick J. Kriger

Americans’ failures are as spectacular as their successes: bridges that collapse; flying cars that crash; sports promotions run amok; deodorant that nearly destroyed the earth; even failures that failed to...


Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II

by John Van der Kiste

This biography of Xenia, sister of Nicholas II gives a new angle on the Romanov story and provides new information on relationships within the family after the Revolution. Important new letters and photographs...


Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor

by John Van der Kiste

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, this biography examines the complex personality of Germany's last emperor. Born in 1859, the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria, Prince Wilhelm was torn between...


Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European Monarchies, 1901-36

by John Van der Kiste

At the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, almost every European nation was a monarchy, most linked by close family ties to her and Edward VII, the 'uncle of Europe'. Prior to the outbreak of World War I, the personal...


The Romanovs 1818-1959

by John Van der Kiste

This work examines Alexander iI's life and reign, and the lives of his children, including his successor Tsar Alexander III, whose determination to purge the empire of all terrorism and protect the autocracy...


How the Scots Won the English Civil War: The Triumph of Frazer's Dragoones

by Alisdair McRae

This history of the battles, marches and sieges of the Scottish Covenanter Army and its one dragoon regiment - Colonel Hugh Frazer's dragoones - shows how they were instrumental in Parliament's victory in northern...